30 August 2018: Teachers' Day Concert
11 August 2018: Blood Donation Drive, Bloodbank@Westgate
Our Student Ambassadors organised a blood donation drive for the fourth consecutive year on 11 August 2018. Our event was supported by Singapore Red Cross Society and was intentionally held over the long National Day weekend, where Bloodbank@Westgate needed more assistance in advocating for blood donation in order to maintain a stable supply of blood.
The event was carried out across two sessions for students to pick up knowledge and thereafter, engage the public. Mr Julian from the Red Cross Society provided more in-depth details about blood donation process and the importance of this cause. Our ambassadors got an opportunity to role-play on how they would engage the public. In addition, they also created flyers for the drive during the session.
During the event, our students were divided into three different shifts. Some of our students sportingly put on the mascot which helped to attract a crowd. Whilst some students took time to warm up and were quite shy to approach the public initially, they managed to muster up courage and were able to carry out their advocacy work dutifully.
Students all ready to guide the public at the reception desk
Student Ambassadors engaging the public
20th July 2018: JWSS Annual Cross Country Meet Day
As a Lead Up to the event, a series of activities were planned to find the fittest boy and girl in JWSS through the Beep Test and Cooper Test. We were also graced by the presence of Mr C Kunalan who came to JWSS to share and inspire our students with his stories.
7th July 2018: Fostering Resilience Motivation Workshop + Champions Eagles Talk (Parent Support Group)
On 7th July 2018, about 20 parents and children attended a workshop conducted by Ms Veronica Eng from Compass Life Singapore. The objective of the workshop was to equip parents with the necessary motivational and resilience tools to fully realise the potential of the children. At the same time, it also provided an opportunity for the parents to bond with their children through meaningful activities that they undertook together.
For more information and photos on this event, please click here.
30th June 2018: Alumni Day
Alumni Day is the Alumni Committee’s annual event to gather all alumni to have a good day of fun with various sports such as Netball and Soccer. It is also a day when Alumni and teachers can gather to catch up on what is happening with each other and reminisce about the good old days. This year saw around 150 Alumni coming back to rekindle old friendships and forging new ones.
29 June 2018: West 3 (W3) Cluster Literature Symposium
On 29 Jun 2018, Jurong West Secondary School conducted its third annual W3 Cluster Literature Symposium, with the objectives of enhancing teachers' capacities and developing students' interest and passion in Literature. Other than the W3 Cluster, the Symposium was also attended by students and teachers from schools in the West Zone. The focus for this year's Symposium is Joy of Learning in a Secondary School Literature Classroom.
The Symposium started off with a captivating poetry recital performance by Deborah Emmanuel, who is a Singaporean poet and performer, inspiring the audience to derive joy from unpacking and performing poems. The students and teachers then went to their respective breakout sessions led by distinguished speakers such as: Dr Suzanne Choo (NIE), Ms Meenakshi Palaniappan (CPDD, ELLB), Mr Abdulattif (Vice Principal of Boon Lay Secondary), Mdm Saha Mousumi (LT/EL, Westwood Secondary) and Mdm Nur Rakeezah (Westwood Secondary).
From the Symposium, students learnt how to develop personal insight from Unseen Poetry and heard first-hand sharing from an actor who was part of a production, bringing their Literature textbooks to life. Teachers had a rich discussion on how to further unpack writer's craft questions, and how Joy of Learning can be carried out in a Literature classroom, by connecting it to self and world.
18th - 20th June 2018: Leadership Training Camp (LTC)
The Leadership Training Camp 2018 was conducted for all the CCA leaders and Executive Committee members of the Student Ambassadors and Student Council over the June Holidays from 18 to 20 June. This year’s camp was underpinned with many meaningful activities that were targeted at sharpening the student leaders’ leadership competencies. There were many highlights of the camp and some of these include the District Race, MBTI Workshop, CCA Envisioning, Mass Dance and Campfire. The students certainly had an enjoyable 3-day camp and many have shown to become a more competent, confident and caring leader thereafter. The camp had evidently enhanced the leadership competencies and behavioural traits in our student leaders!
25th May 2018: Secondary One Public Speaking Workshop
On 25th May 2018, the Secondary One students took part in a public speaking workshop at Jurong West Secondary School, as part of the continual effort to bolster their confidence and hone their public speaking skills. Speaking on a wide range of topics, they learnt to employ persuasive devices such as signposting, rules of three and emotive language to engage the audience and inspire them to action.
23rd May 2018: ECG Day
Our school’s second ECG Day was held on 23 May this year. The purpose of the ECG Day is to enable students to gather information from various sources to start exploring and making informed educational and career decisions for their future.
|Mr Chua Ching Hock |
Senior Manager with Changi Airport Group, Changi Airport Terminal 4
|Mr Lee Qing Hong|
A bilingual events host & weekend Chinese radio presenter
on SPH radio UFM100.3
|Mr Ian Gan|
Chief Executive Officer
of SEED Ventures
21st - 25th May 2018: Inter Class Debates Championship (Post-Exam Activity)
Held from 21 – 25 May 2018, this year's Championship saw active participation across all our Secondary 3 classes. Students attended a two-day debates workshop, followed by an inter-class round to put their newly acquired skills to the test. The two finalists, 3E1 and 3E3, then went up against each other in a school-wide assembly programme, debating the tough but timely motion:
After engaging in a passionate debate and tackling challenging questions posed by audience members, 3E1 emerged as the overall Champion for this year.
For more photos from this exciting event, please click here.
22nd May 2018: Secondary Two English Oracy Programme
In May, the Secondary 2 students of Jurong West Secondary School were treated to the rare opportunity to experience what it is like to be a newscaster. As part of the School's EL Oracy programme, the Secondary 2 cohort participated in a newscasting workshop which gave the students an introduction to the various stages and responsibilities of a news broadcast, and the chance to present the news in an authentic manner. Some of the highlights of the workshop included the talk given to the students by Mediacorp Artiste Belinda Lee on good presentation skills, and of course, presenting the news in front of a camera crew while reading off the news from a teleprompter.
For more photos from this exciting event, please click here.
22nd May 2018: Secondary One Arts Experience Programme – Music and Dance(Post-Exam Activity)
On the 22nd May 2018, all Secondary 1 students had the opportunity to deepen their appreciation for the arts, particularly in the area of the performing arts; dance and music. The workshop aimed to build students’ confidence as performers and to provide a platform for them to showcase their talents. Apart from learning the basic techniques of selected dance styles, students were exposed to the different genres and vital elements of music and dance movements. The workshop has enabled students to foster understanding of the differences and quality of each specific dance form, and its musical interpretation.
21st May 2018: Secondary Two Arts Experience Programme – Music and Physical Theatre(Post-Exam Activity)
The Secondary 2 cohort participated in a one-day workshop to deepen their appreciation for the arts, particularly in the areas of music and physical theatre. The exciting hands-on activities they engaged in throughout the day provided the opportunity to work in groups to create a drama performance set to their favourite songs. The day’s finale consisted of a showcase by the groups to the rest of their class – a challenge that students certainly stepped up to confidently and creatively tackled.
21st May 2018: Operation Float My Boat (Post-Exam Activity)
On 21 May 2018, our Secondary 1 students extended their classroom learning about density and learnt the basics of buoyancy. Students were required to construct a boat each, using a fixed number of ice cream sticks. The students exceeded our expectations by using creativity and critical thinking to modify their creations, utilising other optional items. The highlight of the activity was when the students had to “float their boat” with as many standard masses as possible! Although the team whose boat withstood the greatest load emerged the winner, all teams enjoyed themselves tremendously!
Working together to build the boat
Teamwork in progress
Testing the boat with 50g masses
21st May 2018: Potato Pirates (Post-Exam Activity)
On 21 May 2018, the Secondary Two cohort of students participated in a post-exam programme which involved the use of the card game, Potato Pirates. This card game aimed to boost students' computational thinking and programming skills while making the learning process fun and effortless as they engaged in a social game. It enabled them to learn about Unplugged coding (without the use of technology) and encouraged them to focus on human connections and thrills throughout the card game.
To view even more photographs from the exciting event, please click here.
6th April 2018: CCA Appreciation Tea
On 6 April 2018, the school paid tribute to the graduating cohort of Secondary 4 CCA students during the CCA Appreciation Tea for the contributions and achievements that our students had made to their respective CCAs. It was an enjoyable afternoon filled with laughter and food as CCA Representatives recollected their memorable moments, fond memories and experiences that they shared during their CCA journeys. As the event drew to the close, the CCA Appreciation Tea marked the end of the Secondary 4 students’ CCA journey as they turn their focus and efforts onto the National Examinations.
To view even more photographs from the exciting event, please click here.
2nd April - 6th April 2018: MOE-Outward Bound School Camp
29th March 2018: JWSS Annual Speech and Prize Giving Day
The school celebrated its 17th Speech and Prize-Giving Day with a parade inspection which was followed by the award presentations to students for their outstanding achievements, and to staff and various stakeholders of the school for their contributions. A highlight of this year's event was a series of exciting performances put up by the finalists of the JWSS Open Mic 2018 and our very own performing arts groups. It was a truly memorable occasion! To view the exciting photographs of the event, please click here.
24th March 2018: West Zone Inter-School Frisbee Tournament
23rd March 2018: JWSS Annual Sports & Games Day
9th March - 21st March 2018: Mother Tongue Fortnight Programme (MTFP)
JWSS MTFP includes a wide range of language and culture activities to expose students to learn and use MT Languages in novel and exciting ways.
The Chinese students were involved in Chinese paper-cutting, seal carving and a learning journey to Tea Chapter. They also invited local musicians to perform Singapore Chinese Songs (新谣Xin Yao) to our students.
The Tamil students were involved in Introduction to Villupattu, a creative way of storytelling. Students learnt to improvise a storyline creatively by adding rhythm and presenting it as a group.
The Malay students were involved in traditional performing art forms and training. These activities were organised to provide students with an immersive environment to learn and use the language.
9th March 2018: Open Mic
The Open Mic 2018 was met with overwhelming responses from the students this year and it was very encouraging to observe the enthusiasm and fervour of our JWSS students in showcasing their talents. Noticeably, some contestants who did not make it to the Finals last year had demonstrated resilience and the spirit of “Entrepreneurial Dare” by joining the competition again. Many students and teachers would agree that this year’s Open Mic Finals was certainly one of the best shows in JWSS!
In the Open Mic 2018, we exposed our students to Augmented Reality where the students could scan some photos to know more about the finalists.
The silhouettes of the finalists were placed on the notice board to allure audience to find out the identities of the finalists (as shown in the figures below).
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20th February 2018: Staff Lohei Session (A New Beginning!)
Jurong West Secondary School staff celebrated the Lunar New Year festive season with our annual ‘Lo Hei’ (meaning ‘tossing up good fortune’) to start the year with good wishes to everyone.
This year's celebration was extra exciting as 'Cai Shen Ye' graced the event, bringing much cheer and well wishes to all present. Staff let their hair down and mingled with one another amidst good food, chit-chat and great company! Together, A New Beginning!
15th February 2018: JWSS CNY Celebration
On the 15 February 2018, teachers and students came to school in their red outfits to celebrate Chinese New Year (CNY). The entire school was filled with festive joy.
After morning assembly, students headed to their classrooms for CCE lessons. They learnt to say eight auspicious phrases and take greeting videos as a class.
The CNY celebration concert started with CNY customs and traditions video clips done by ELDDS. These video clips served to allow our students to know more about CNY.
Next, led by our very own student conductor and Band Major, Felicia Ng, JWSS Symphonic Band presented a Chinese New Year medley consisting of popular and well-loved tunes such as Gong Xi Fa Da Cai 《恭喜发大财》, Cai Shen Dao《财神到》 and Da Di Hui Chun《大地回春》. This definitely enlivened the atmosphere of the celebration and got the crowd enjoying the familiar tunes.
JWSS choir presented a Chinese New year song Chun Feng Wen Shang Wo De Lian 《春风吻上我的脸》. This rendition was performed with energetic action by students that further enhanced the festive atmosphere.
A team of eight dancers from JWSS International Dance Club, combined both contemporary and traditional Chinese fan dance, to present a unique and refreshing dance performance.
Along with the powerful drumbeats, the Lion Dance performance enhanced the ambience of the CNY celebration. The whole school was filled with joy and excitement.
The appearance of the God of Fortune at the beginning of the sing-along session pushed the concert to another climax. Our students applauded, waved and cheered along with the God of Fortune. School leaders and teachers were then invited to go up to stage to sing along with the whole school.
The concert finally came to an end with the screening of CNY greeting videos from all classes. The presentation of mandarin oranges to all JWSS staff marked the end of this joyful celebration.
12th February 2018: Total Defence Day (TDD) Commemoration
JWSS commemorated Total Defence Day (TDD) on 12 February 2018 with meaningful CCE lessons that focused on ordinary Singapores who have extraordinarily made a difference in Singapore’s Total Defence. Lower Secondary students had the opportunity to try their hands at posters designing while our Upper Secondary students took part in the Freeze Frame Challenge to explain how we could better guard ourselves and strengthen social resilience against cyber attacks and disinformation.
With the onset of a wider range of multi-faceted challenges and threats, we play a crucial role in reiterating the importance to step up and play our individual roles to strengthen unity. This ensures that conflicts such as fabricated news on racial tension, national service and new citizens will not escalate into violent riots or a general air of distrust clouding Singapore, making her susceptible to foreign attacks.
3rd February 2018: Secondary One Parents' Welcome Tea Party, by the Parent Support Group
|It was definitely an honour for JWSS to be able to host almost 50 secondary 1 parents for the Welcome Tea Party on 3 February 2018. |
Mdm Gena Chen, Chairman of the PSG, opened the morning’s proceedings emphasizing that it is the role of the PSG to support the school as partners. She mentioned the importance for parents to trust the school and respect the teachers, as they carry out what they have been tasked and trained to do. Strengthening the relationship with the school is vital so that present and future cohorts of students can benefit from the PSG’s efforts.
Mr Michael Muhunthan then commenced his session with an address to the parents highlighting the school’s directions and programmes and shared with parents about the exciting and holistic education their children will be experiencing in JWSS. Two-way communication between school and parents is important as the parents need information about what and how their child is learning, and the teacher needs important feedback from the parent about the child’s academic and social development.This memorable meeting between and school and Secondary One parents ended with a traditional Lo-Hei session to mark the beginning of a strong partnership between parents and the school.
13th January 2018 - Orientation Group Leaders' (OGL) Appreciation Ceremony
|Student Leaders were also rewarded with an exclusive annual personal treat from our very own Principal to affirm their effort in making the camp a success.|
3rd to 5th January 2018 - Sec 1 Orientation Camp
JWSS Student Leaders leading the Secondary One students through a series of team-bonding cheers
The Secondary One Orientation Camp was held in school from 3 to 5 Jan 2018, planned and led by JWSS very own Student Leaders. The orientation theme this year revolves around the theme of “JW Jewels” to encourage all students to find and ignite the sparks of Learning with Passion, Thinking driven by Innovation and Leading inspired by Service.
The Secondary One students went through bonding activities such as class performances, tele-matches, JWSS Signature Mass Dance session and Campfire Night which aimed to increase camaraderie among the class as well as to familiarise the Sec 1s with the school’s culture and history. The camp ended on a high spirit with an award ceremony recognising participative campers as well as classes that demonstrated the school values throughout the 3-Days-2-Nights camp.
Tele-matches done through a series of sports activities